Karasuyama Line

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Karasuyama Line
Type Regional rail
System JR East
Locale Tochigi Prefecture
Termini Hōshakuji
Stations 8
Opened 1923
Owner JR East
Rolling stock KiHa 40 series DMU
Line length 20.4 km (12.7 mi)
Number of tracks 1
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification None
Route map
JR Karasuyama Line Map.svg

The Karasuyama Line (烏山線 Karasuyama-sen?) is a railway line in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, owned and operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). It connects Hōshakuji in the town of Takanezawa with Karasuyama in Nasukarasuyama.


Trains run approximately once every hour, traveling the entire length of the line. Some trains travel through onto the Tōhoku Main Line to Utsunomiya Station.


Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
Hōshakuji 宝積寺 - 0.0 Tōhoku Main Line Takanezawa, Shioya District
Shimotsuke-Hanaoka 下野花岡 3.9 3.9  
Niita 仁井田 2.0 5.9  
Kōnoyama 鴻野山 2.4 8.3   Nasukarasuyama
Ōgane 大金 4.4 12.7  
Kobana 小塙 2.6 15.3  
Taki 2.2 17.5  
Karasuyama 烏山 2.9 20.4  

Rolling stock[edit]

Most services on the line are operated by KiHa 40 series single-car diesel multiple unit (DMU) trains, but from the start of the revised timetable on 15 March 2014, a new EV-E301 series two-car battery electric multiple unit (BEMU) was introduced on the Karasuyama Line and Tohoku Main Line between Utsunomiya and Karasuyama.[1] Developed from the experimental "Smart Denchi-kun" battery electric railcar also tested on this line since 2012, the EV-E301 series train is recharged at a special recharging facility built at Karasuyama Station, and operates on battery power over the non-electrified Karasuyama Line tracks.[2] The intention is to ultimately replace all of the diesel trains used on the line with new EV-E301 series battery electric units.[2]


The line opened in 1923, and diesel railcars (or DMUs) were introduced in 1934.[citation needed]

Wanman driver only operation commenced on the line on 10 March 1990, using KiHa 40 series DMUs.[3]


This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia

  1. ^ "烏山線でEV-E301系が営業運転を開始" [EV-E301 series enters revenue service on Karasuyama Line]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 16 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "JR東日本 烏山線に新型蓄電池電車導入" [JR East to introduce new battery train on Karasuyama Line]. Tetsudo Hobidas (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing Co., Ltd. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  3. ^ JR気動車客車編成表 '04年版 [JR DMU & Coaching Stock Formations - 2004]. Japan: JRR. 1 July 2004. p. 197. ISBN 4-88283-125-2. 

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